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Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm (1917-2012), Historian

Sitter in 3 portraits
Historian. Born in Alexandria and educated in Vienna, Berlin, London and Cambridge, Hobsbawm taught until retirement at Birkbeck College, University of London, and from 1982 has been Emeritus Professor of Economic and Social History, London University, and has taught at the New School for Social Research, New York. A founder member of the editorial board of the historical journal Past and Present, Hobsbawm's publications include Primitive Rebels (1959), Labouring Men (1964), and the trilogy The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848, The Age of Capital 1848-1875, and The Age of Empire 1875-1914. He is a member of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm

by Georg Eisler
oil on canvas, 1989
NPG 6111


Historians of 'Past and Present'

by Stephen Frederick Godfrey Farthing
oil on canvas, 1999
On display at British Academy, London
NPG 6518


Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm

by Jillian Edelstein
bromide fibre print, 1989
NPG x34145